Bozhidar Bozhanov

About Bozhidar Bozhanov

Senior Java developer, one of the top stackoverflow users, fluent with Java and Java technology stacks - Spring, JPA, JavaEE. Founder and creator of Computoser and Welshare. Worked on Ericsson projects, Bulgarian e-government projects and large-scale online recruitment platforms. Member of the jury of the International Olympiad in Linguistics and the Program committee of the North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad.

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IDE vs. Editor

Are you using an IDE, or an editor? Are you a “hardcore” programmer, or you are one of those sissy modern developers that use IDEs? Have you personalized your emacs or vim to make ...
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Verifying Secure Password Storage Externally

Many websites (including big ones like Adobe, Yahoo, LinkedIn, Gawker, etc.) store user passwords insecurely. Either in plain text, or encrypted (reversible), or using a broken or brute-forceable ...
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Coping with Methods with Many Parameters

I will put my captain Obvious cape now and write in short how to get rid of methods with many parameters, especially if some of the parameters are optional, or depend on each other ...
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Ideas Aren’t Worthless

It’s common knowledge that “ideas are worthless”. An idea will bring you nowhere – you need implementation, focus, a good team, the right environment, luck, etc. And I won’t ...
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I Don’t Like Scala

Yes, it is my opinion, and yes, it might seem like a hate-post. But I’ll try to address the issues I have with Scala and its surroundings. I have used Scala in a single, relatively ...
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Why The Web Isn’t Semantic Yet

The semantic web. You’ve heard about it. What is it? Chances are, you don’t have a completely clear idea. But why isn’t the web “semantic” yet? First, it’s complex to understand. ...
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Save-and-Refresh With Java Web Projects

How do you configure your machine in order to have save-and-refresh for Java web projects? When you ask this question to developers, the answer starts with “oh, well…”, and continues ...
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Embedding Maven

It is a very rare usecase, but sometimes you need it. How to embed Maven in your application, so that you can programatically run goals? Short answer is: it’s tricky. I dabbled into ...
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The Lazy Expert

Until two years ago I was reading tech articles every day, I was regularly watching presentations, I was contributing significantly to stackoverflow. Then I gradually reduced my “efforts” ...
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A Scraping Library

As part of a project I’m working on, I needed to get documents from state institutions. And instead of writing code specific for each site, I decided to try creating a “universal” ...
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